The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (The Queen of the Tearling #2) ★★★★☆
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Young Adult
SPOILERS AHEAD for book 1 – The Queen of the Tearling
When she stopped the shipment of slaves into Mortmesne, Kelsea Glynn angered the Red Queen. Now she must protect her kingdom from the invading Mort army. Meanwhile, she is also seeing visions of a woman named Lily living in the pre-Crossing world. A world where women are seen as their husband’s property.
While I really enjoyed The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen really pushes the tone of the story in a new direction with the book.
While the main story following the kingdom of Tear took the forefront, we also saw glimpses of the dystopian time period left behind before the Crossing. The contrasting tone of the very modern era alongside the fantasy era Kelsea lives in is something I’ve never seen brought together in one novel before. It worked really well.
The novel also highlighted some really important topics, written into the story very naturally.
I really enjoyed what Erika Johansen did with this story, and it stands out as very different to other YA fantasies I’ve read before it. While I enjoyed book 1, this has helped really ignite my love for the series. I can’t wait to pick up the finale of the trilogy!